Angie's List marks 15 years

Angie's List marks 15 years

Angie’s List dons a party hat to honor another year of helping members find quality service providers. Learn how far we've come by reading about milestones of our past 15 years.

June 1995: Angie Hicks, a fresh-faced college graduate, starts knocking on doors in Columbus, Ohio, to sign up the very first members for "Columbus Neighbors."

July 1996: After adopting the name "Angie's List," the company buys Unified Neighbors and expands to Indianapolis. Number of members: about 6,000. Employees: 2.

January 1999: Angie goes to Harvard but continues to stay in touch with members while earning her MBA.

March 1999: The Penalty Box — which includes the notorious list of companies providing lousy service — debuts.

May 1999: goes live on the Internet.

February 2001: Our website becomes fully interactive. "For the first time, you could go online and say 'I need a plumber' and get results immediately," says COO Scott Brenton.

April 2001: Angie's List buys its first copy machine. "That was hugely symbolic for me," CEO Bill Oesterle says. "I thought, 'We're a real company now.'"

August 2001: Angie, Bill and Scott establish the Orr Fellowship, which matches talented college graduates for two-year fellowships with entrepreneurial companies in Indiana.

October 2002: We welcome our 100,000th member and, for the first time, join the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. Total number of Angie's List chapters: 10.

March 2003: An old firehouse becomes our new Indianapolis headquarters.

August 2004: Angie's List begins the Wishmakers program, which matches highly rated service providers with families in need.

July 2006: Angie's List adds a campus fitness center and full-time physical trainer for employees.

April 2007: Angie's List Magazine wins two awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists — the first of many honors to come.

May 2007: We hold our first Soapbox Derby race on Memorial Day weekend. A yearly tradition is born.

August 2007: We complete our first third-party data audit, an independent certification of the List's integrity. We now make it a priority to undergo a yearly audit.

September 2007: After an extensive lead paint investigation, Angie's List hosts a national tour to educate homeowners and service providers about lead-safe work practices.

January 2008: Angie's List Magazine debuts the special edition of Best & Worst Contractors. It becomes a yearly staple and our most-read issue.

March 2008: We expand into the medical field with the rollout of Angie's List Health categories.

November 2009: Angie's List establishes a trade licensing department and requests all service companies — and requires all advertisers — attest to their compliance with licensing laws. We conduct small-batch audits to check compliance.

April 2010: Langenwalter Carpet & Stain Removal of Carmel, Ind., becomes the first company to receive 1,000 current reports on Angie's List.

June 2010: We now number more than 200 cities in all 50 states, 400 employees and 1.2 million members.

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Aw, the photos made me a little sentimental. So many great people!

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